A pastor has been arrested for allegedly raping his 14-year-old stepdaughter since she was 10.
A so called man of God based in the Surulere area of Lagos State, Pastor Chidieber Ikpa, has been arrested by the Lagos State Police Command for allegedly raping his 14-year-old stepdaughter, Ngozi, the Punch reports.
The 42-year-old pastor, it was gathered, repeatedly defiled the teenager whose mother he is married to though he has denied the allegation, instead claiming that a neighbour of his identified as Richard, was the real culprit but that he decided not to report the matter to the police since he has a forgiving spirit as taught by Jesus Christ.
But the Senior Secondary School 2 (SSS2) student insisted to the police that it was her stepfather that has been having sex with her and she made the report to the police on Friday, January 15, adding that whenever she told her mother about it, she usually shouted her down, and refused to take any action on the matter.
Ikpa, who hails from the Bende Local Government Area of Abia State, was arrested by policemen from the Isokoko division, while the girl was taken for medical examination at the Mirabel Centre, Ikeja, and the test confirmed that she had been defiled many times.
The police in a statement, said that Ikpa had allegedly been sleeping with the teenager since she was 10 years old and was the one who deflowered her.
A police source said:
“The victim claimed that the suspect deflowered her when she was 10 years. He had allegedly been sexually molesting the girl since that time.
The victim’s mother is culpable because she knew about the abuses. The girl said it was when her mother failed to take concrete steps that she came to the police.”
The suspect on his part, said he flogged the girl after she disappeared from the house, not knowing she went to the police to lie against him.
“The girl started living with me when she was 12 or thereabout. That was around 2012. It is not true that I raped her. I flogged her on Thursday for being rude and she did not return home after school. We did not see her until Friday. She had been with the police.
The girl has a boyfriend; his name is Richard. He is the manager of a hotel on Rasak Balogun Street. If the medical result shows someone has been sleeping with Ngozi, then it is Richard, not me.
It is a mystery to me that the girl is claiming that I slept with her. When we caught Richard and confronted him sometime last year, he started begging. The mistake I made was that I did not report to the police.
My wife got furious and said we must report the matter to the police, but the man started begging, sending text messages to me. I forgave him. I am a pastor. I was working under a church, but since I moved to this area, I have not pastored any church.”
But the victim insisted that her step dad had slept with her on several occasions.
“The first time that he would rape me was about five years ago. My mother sent me to give food to him in his own house. I was then staying in my father’s house. That was when he took advantage of me and raped me.
The man he mentioned is not my boyfriend. Richard was the man I reported to when I told my mother about the rape and she did not believe me. Richard advised me to leave everything to God.
Sometimes, when everyone was sleeping, he would come to the room where I was with my other sisters and he would rape me. I would be hitting my sisters trying to wake them, but they did not wake at such times.”
The State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), SP Dolapo Badmos, confirmed the pastor’s arrest, adding that he has been transferred from FESTAC to the Isokoko division for prosecution.